|I had to give a speech last week.
|I gave a speech to 300 people.
|I had to speak in front of a group of students.
|I had to tell them about a campaign that we were having to raise money for cancer research.
|Giving a speech can be a difficult thing.
|When you stand in front of a big crowd, you can get very nervous.
|Some people feel like they have weak knees.
|Their legs feel as if they are made of rubber.
|Their heart beats very hard inside of their chest.
|Their palms get sweaty.
|Some people even become short of breath.
|For some people, giving a speech is their worst fear.
|When you give a speech, everyone is looking at you.
|They’re waiting to hear what you have to say.
|When you have 300 people looking at you; you have 600 eyes that are on you.
|It is a little frightening when you think of it that way.
|Before I give a speech, I take three big breaths.
|I calm myself, and I remind myself that what I have to say is important.
|I like to be sure of what I am going to say, so I practice my speech in front of a mirror at home.
|I like to look like I am relaxed and friendly.
|They say that practice makes perfect;
|so the more speeches that you give, the better you will become at it.
|Whenever I have to give a speech, I imagine that the audience is just one big person.
|I look out into the audience until I find a friendly, smiling face.
|I focus on that person,
|and I pretend that I am just talking to them.
|I have become used to giving speeches.
|I am more relaxed now than I used to be.
|People tell me that I do not look nervous at all.
|I like to hear that.
|Sometimes I do feel a little flutter of nervousness,
|but I just ignore it and do the best that I can.
|Giving a speech is not as scary as it appears to be.
|Anyone can do it with a little practice.
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Lesson 09: Moving To Another Country